Herbert Wrayson, a bachelor returns to his flat one night to find a young lady rifling his desk. He questions her and finds she thought she was in the apartment of his neighbor, Morris Barnes, who lives above him. While he is on the telephone, she quietly slips out of his flat and heads to Barnes’ abode. A few hours later, she is once again at his door – this time looking scared and faint. She asks Wrayson to escort her downstairs as the hallway is unlit. As they emerge, a hansom sits at the doorway with Morris Barnes in it. But, they discover that Barnes has been strangled. Wrayson soon learns that the young lady is the estranged older daughter of a club acquaintance, retired Colonel Fitzmaurice. He also discovers that he has fallen in love with her. The big question however, has he fallen for a murderess? How can he discover the truth? In typical Oppenheim style, this “whodunit” weaves a tangled web and one must wait until the end to discover the surprising truth. (Summary by Tom Weiss)
Read by Tom Weiss
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September 6, 2013
You will not need to hear much of Oppenheim to know whether you love him or hate him. Far fetched melodrama - certainly. Perfectly redolent of the age and society in which it was written, including racial and class content which wouldn't wash nowadays - definitely. However, the man could write a rattling good yarn and in this one a certain minor character is well worth getting to know. I confess that I spotted the killer quite early on but then I've heard quite a few Oppenheim stories and know his style. The fact didn't lessen my enjoyment one iota.
I must thank Tom Weiss for his readings of the works of Oppenheim and Le Queux. They are novels from another age but if you want to understand the twentieth century then the attitudes contained within stories like these written early in that century are invaluable.
August 9, 2012
A man has been murdered, and another man who has knowledge of the murder hides and covers for the person who may be guilty of the murder. The reason, ah, love at first sight. Okay, a bit far-fetched but a good romance/mystery mix.
Reader did an excellent job.